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Erika Christensen



If early career praise is any indication of future success, singer/actress/dancer Erika Christensen may have a rewarding and fruitful career ahead of her. Refining her diverse talents in such early projects as Michael Jackson's "Childhood" video, as well as singing on Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album II, Christensen's demanding turn as the drug-addicted daughter of the drug czar in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Traffic has recently focused much attention on the young actress.



Born in 1982 and training as an actress since childhood, Christensen began her career in live theater. With early television credits including Frasier and Third Rock From the Sun to her name, Christensen made her film debut in 1997's Leave It to Beaver as Wally Cleaver's girlfriend Karen. Christensen's early roles were of mostly light comedic substance, a trend she has recently countered by gravitating toward more dramatic roles in both television and film. Nominated for the 1998 Young Star Award for her performance in the television series Nothing Sacred, Christensen continued her dramatic turn in such television series as The Practice and Touched by an Angel.

In addition to her television roles, Christensen's film credits have also progressed into the more dramatic. Following Leave It to Beaver with the Disney film Can of Worms, Christensen's next role would face her with the formidable challenge of sympathetically portraying a broken, drug-addicted teen in Traffic. The following years found Christensen leaning toward more dramatic roles, which worked to her advantage in terms of developing as a serious-minded young actress, and despite roles in such popcorn-munchers as Swimfan (2002), the actress continued to challenge herself with roles in such films as that same year's Home Room. An unflinching journey into the dark heart of post-Columbine high school America, Christensen's role as a once popular student thrust into despair after being wounded in a high school shooting proved she had not lost her dramatic edge. On the lighter side, Christensen would next turn up alongside actresses Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon in the comedy drama The Banger Sisters before conspiring to ace her SAT in a less-than-legal fashion in The Perfect Score (2003).



In 2004 she played one of the daughters of Joan Allen in Mike Binder's comedy/drama The Upside of Anger. She continued to act steadily, though she found her next big success on the small screen when she became part of the ensemble in NBC's hour-long version of Parenthood that debuted in 2010, a role she stuck with through the show's end in 2015.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% Confirmation
  • Shirley Wiegand
2016
No Score Yet Anything for Love
  • Katherine
2016
No Score Yet Veronika Decides to Die
  • Claire
2015
No Score Yet My Boyfriends' Dogs
  • Bailey Daley
2014
0% How Sweet It Is
  • Sarah Cosmo
2013
6% The Tortured
  • Elise Landry
2012
43% Mercy
  • Robin
2010
No Score Yet Struck
  • Actor
2008
17% How to Rob a Bank
  • Jessica
2007
30% The Sisters
  • Irene Prior
2006
38% Flightplan
  • Fiona
2005
74% The Upside of Anger
  • Andy Wolfmeyer
2005
27% Riding the Bullet
  • Jessica Hadley
2004
17% The Perfect Score
  • Anna
2004
55% Home Room
  • Deanna Cartwright
2003
No Score Yet Wuthering Heights
  • Cate Earnshaw
2003
47% The Banger Sisters
  • Hannah
2002
14% Swimfan
  • Madison Bell
2002
92% Traffic
  • Caroline
2000
No Score Yet Can of Worms
  • Katelyn
1999
21% Leave It to Beaver
  • Karen
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
18% Wicked City
2015
  • Betty Smith Betty Beaumontaine
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Leigh Wright
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Dana
90% Parenthood
2010-2015
  • Julia Braverman-Graham

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